Von Essen has appointed Eugene McCluskey head chef at its Gloucestershire hotel Washbourne Court.
McCluskey, who has worked in the hospitality industry for the past nine years, joins the hotel from The George Hotel in Shipston-on-Stour where he was executive chef.
Washbourne Court general manager Chris Ling said: “Eugene’s passion for locally sourced produce and enthusiasm will firmly establish Washbourne as one of the premier find dining venues in the Cotswolds.”
Welsh dining pub with rooms, The Felin Fach Griffin, has also promoted its sous chef, Simon Potter to head chef and Ross Bruce to sous chef.
Potter, who has been working under previous head chef Ricardo van Ede at the pub in Powys since August 2007, will take over the running of the pub’s kitchens and will bring a new, simpler focus to the menu while championing more local producers.
Owner Edmund Inkin said: “It is a rare but good thing that a small, rural restaurant such as The Griffin is able to have such depth of talent in its team that it can promote internally in this way. “We are using Simon’s promotion to make a few fundamental changes to what we offer.
"We will be working on the premise that simpler is better, with the introduction of new lunch dishes such as the best steak sandwich you will find, or our own venison sausages with borlotti bean cassoulet.”